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Old 7th September 2020, 11:11 AM
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if there is something i want to buy ,and its a large amount of money I get in touch with the seller and make them a reasonable offer ,and see what they say ,if he says no I can still bid if I want it ,for that Devere i would offer him 500 and see what he says ,any money you can save is a bonus good luck ...
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Old 7th September 2020, 11:39 AM
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if there is something i want to buy ,and its a large amount of money I get in touch with the seller and make them a reasonable offer ,and see what they say ,if he says no I can still bid if I want it ,for that Devere i would offer him 500 and see what he says ,any money you can save is a bonus good luck ...
good idea - but trying to decide if I should go for one of these or a Mark 4
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Old 7th September 2020, 03:31 PM
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The enlarger you've linked to looks in great condition. I don't know what advantage the MK IV would have over and above the older model?

If you think about it, you do get quite a lot for your money with an enlarger when compared to a camera.
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Old 8th September 2020, 06:44 AM
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A 504 just popped up on eBay
Looks to be in good condition. Any one able to advise on the particular model vs a Mark 4 Dichromat? Theres a big price difference, but I'll only buy it once and am willing to pay more if its worth it.
Hi, It looks like a Mk3 head often called a “Bread Bin” head. When I bought my 504 it had one fitted. Mine was not in a good state and the dials were stiff and hard to set. The lighting for reading the dials is by optic fibres so are only lit when the lamp is on. They were too dim for my eyes. After attempting to free up the dials mechanism by lubricating which did help a little I gave up and bought a dedicated De Vere MG head. Not really happy with that, it was made for MG II, I eventually bought the Mk IV head which I now use.
Cannot really comment on the price but I paid 155 for my initial set up maybe 10 years ago and I have sourced negative masks, spare lens plates and 2 heads for less than they are asking for that machine. On the plus side that one is in far better cosmetic condition than mine.
I sourced all my extra bits off eBay and when my Mk IV head came there was also the Transtab, a voltage stabiliser and a spare timer so I have those in reserve as spares.
I think you need to decide how much you are prepared to pay and buy accordingly. That head will do the job it is just what condition the filter dials are in and how easily that can be set. It would be best if you could physically see the machine before buying and try it out.

Good luck if you decide to buy they are excellent machines once set up and highly recommended.

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Old 8th September 2020, 09:00 AM
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Made the seller an offer, though quite a bit lower than he's expecting. Lets see, would be an easy pickup, only 30mins from me.
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Old 27th September 2020, 05:53 PM
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I find development to be the limiting factor in my small darkroom. Fitting those trays in my sink.
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Old 27th September 2020, 07:20 PM
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Made the seller an offer, though quite a bit lower than he's expecting. Lets see, would be an easy pickup, only 30mins from me.
Looks like Faraz' offer was turned down otherwise we'd have heard from him about it I suspect

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Old 28th September 2020, 11:42 AM
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Yes, it would be interesting Mike to hear how it all went.

When I bought mine, I factored in the item being quite close to me and could therefore put in a slightly higher offer than I probably would have done, as carriage wouldn't have to be paid, which would have been quite high for others.

But I got the enlarger, and for a good and fair price in the end!

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